It was a beautiful sunny, calm morning. The humidity had diminished and the temperature comfortable. I became engrossed in my Bible reading, oblivious to all else, when suddenly I was interrupted by a neighbor calling loudly from his deck. He kept calling ‘good morning’ with great determination and his manner offended me!
Tut – I thought, can’t he see I’m busy! Why do people feel it is okay to interrupt somebody, when they are reading. Humph! Then another softer voice caught my attention. ‘So this is your attitude towards your neighbor, and you call yourself a Christian?’ I was suddenly glad I had not directed my facial expression towards him.. Hopefully, he was far enough away, to not see my disgruntled look……I do hope so!
It is so easy to let calm thoughts slip in to angry tones. I find myself in this situation quite regularly, because I do not like noise nor do I like being interrupted rudely……..that still did not justify my ‘attitude slip’. Sorry, Lord.
Prayer; Abba, keep reminding me, when my thoughts slip out onto my face. I have a very open expression – my husband often reminds me that my face betrays my inner thinking….so I need to be constantly reminded to keep those inner workings SWEET! Thank you that you are an encourager of right thinking and living. Amen